I managed to get through to my friends from Slovyansk on the phone! Facepalm… really, the only reason we were able to talk is because two of them left for Kharkiv and so got their connection back, as there’s no connection in Slovyansk. There’s no civil war or civic support there to speak of. These were thugs from the outset, and many residents realized that. Drunks and psychos took to the barricades in small numbers. So-called ‘mayor’ is a local thug and, it sounds like, also a heroin addict. Then, the looting started. Banks and cash-transit vehicles got robbed, banks are not operating, and people aren’t getting their salaries or pensions paid for 3-4 months. Everyone who could do so fled. Armed men are walking house to house, just to check what you got in there. You can’t refuse to let them in, as those who are trying to guard their property are shot. People stopped going to work, as it’s too dangerous. People get killed on the streets – some by random fire, some by snipers – while others have their cars hijacked.
Thugs enter the residential areas in their cars and fire any weapons they have from there – then, in about 20 minutes, they go into hiding in houses elsewhere. In the meantime, response from the Ukrainian army arrives. Some people have their backyards hit; others have their houses hit. Some have lost their houses, while others have lost their whole families. There’re lots of killed people. The number of thugs is huge, there were about 4K of them prior to the referendum, and it only skyrocketed afterwards. There’s no fuel in the city – just whatever people have in their cars’ tanks, that’s all. Yet, the thugs are driving around all the time. They confiscated minibuses, SUVs, etc. from businessmen. Cars are being confiscated all the time. Those who are noticed giving help to the Ukrainian army are executed on the spot; one man was shot in front of his kids and wife just for taking some water to the soldiers. They creep into all the buildings, everywhere, turning everything into a dump. My acquaintances are forced to constantly go and negotiate with the thugs in order to avoid having all of their production facilities looted, but there’s nothing that can stop them, they can drive in their armored personnel carriers anywhere they want to and hide from gunfire. They are destroying the city completely. There’s no work, no infrastructure, nothing left. We have no idea how to go on living. It’s also not clear what the people are eating. For now, it’s possible to drive out from and into the city, but all cars and all belongings are turned inside out.
Local police – bitches – are telling people they should not leave Donbas, because there is Right Sector keeping guard on the Kharkiv highway and immediately firing at all cars with Donetsk license plates. Those bitches should be put up against a wall.
We drove 30 km away from Slovyansk, and there are no signs of war out there whatsoever.
Source: Dyvanna Sotnya FB post
Translated by Olga Ruda
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